In what appears to be the reward for determination, dedication and commitment, Shoms International School, Aguda, Surulere, has turned around their poor performance of last year by defeating Somerset College, Surulere, the defending champion, and over twenty (20) other schools in Lagos to emerge the winner of the 9th edition of The Roses Ministry Annual Senior Secondary School Competition and Seminar.
The keen contest which took place at the SWAN Hall of the National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos recently, was well attended by several schools in Lagos, including New Estate Baptist Secondary School, Surulere; Somerset College, Surulere; Bedrock College, Surulere; Shoms International Secondary School, Surulere; Baptist Girls College; Gloryland School; John Kennedy Secondary School; Brown Memorial College; St. Rita’s College; Rainbow College, Bode Thomas, Surulere; Queens College, Yaba; Oba Adelani Memorial College, Aguda, Surulere; Princeton College, Surulere; Distinction College, Aguda; Feblak Secondary School, Surulere, and others.
According to the Founder, The Roses Ministry and the Convener of the programme, Pharm. (Mrs) Regina Ezenwa, a Fellow of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (FPSN), in her opening remarks, noted that Roses Ministry focuses on showing God’s love to the hurting and vulnerable in practical ways.
She said that copies of a motivational book with moral lessons, titled: “The Unlimited Journey”, were given to the participants, few months before the seminar, to enable them read and prepare for the quiz competition, adding that this was done to encourage and help restore reading culture in the youngsters.
At the end of the competition, the panel of judges, including its chairman, Dr (Mrs) Ije Jidenma; Mrs Bernie Okeke; Pharm. Chika Agughasi; Mr C.K Ezeudemba; Mr Emeka Anyaegbuna; Engr. Chikwelu Ezenwa; Engr. Ben Nnaji; Pharm. Okey Okaekwu; Engr. Emma Okeke; Barr (Mrs) Fola Sowemimo; Mrs Uche Okafor; Mrs Thelma Nnaji; Pharm. Ernest Okafor; Engr. Obidi Ezenwa, and Dr (Mrs) Ify Nwakwesi declared Shoms International School, Aguda/Surulere, as the winner, with Princeton College, Surulere, and Somerset College, Surulere, coming second and third respectively.
While presenting the trophy to students of Shoms International School, the chairman of the occasion, Dr (Mrs) Ije Jidenma, chief executive officer, Leading Edge Consulting, commended the participants for putting in their best, adding that she was impressed with the level of commitment displayed by the students, as well as the standard set by The Roses Ministry.